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Carmel: Today and Yesterday.

By Daisy Bostick.

Carmel, CA The Seven Arts, 1945. Hardcover First Edition (1945), unstated: no subsequent printings noted. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. First Edition (1945), unstated: no subsequent printings noted. Very Good: shows light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and scuffing to the panels; very slight spine lean; the binding is secure; the text is clean, but a former owner has penned a lengthy gift inscription at the front flyleaf. Despite these minor flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (7.75 x 5.5 x 0.55 inches). 123 pages. Liberally illustrated with vintage duotone photographs of Carmel and environs. Language: English. Weight: 9.4 ounces. Royal Blue boards with gilt titles and designs at the front panel. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

$24.50

Almost Forgotten: Cartoon Pen and Inklings of the Old Santa Clara Valley by a Native.

By F. Ralph Rambo.

San Jose, CA F. Ralph Rambo, 1964. Paperback First Edition (1964), unstated. There is no statement of subsequent printing(s) - we surmise from other listings that later printings - or 'editions' - were stated as such. First Edition (1964), unstated. There is no statement of subsequent printing(s) - we surmise from other listings that later printings - or 'editions' - were stated as such. Near Fine in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: the faintest soiling to the uuper edge of the front panel of the wrapper covers; the faintest hint of a crease at the lower corner of same; former owner's name and date (1981) at the bottom edge of the inside of the front cover; else flawless; the binding is secure; the text is clean. Free of underlining, hi-lighting, notations, or marginalia. Free of creased or dog-eared pages in the text. A handsome very nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing only minor, unobtrusive flaws. Bright and Clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. (11 x 8.5 x 0.25 inches). 48 pages. Written, Drawn and Hand-Lettered by the Author. Stiff pictorial wrappers with brown lettering. Language: English. Weight: 6.6 ounces. Rosicrucian Press. Paperback: Staple-bound Wraps.

$14.70

The California Tragedy.

By J. Quinn Thornton.

Oakland, CA Biobooks, 1945. Hardcover Limited Edition (1500 Copies printed at the Gillick Press, Berkeley). SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Limited Edition (1500 Copies printed at the Gillick Press, Berkeley). Very Good+: shows very light wear to the extremities, the mildest rubbing, and faint soiling to the white background field of the panels. Former owner's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown endpaper. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Not without flaw, but remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. (11 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches). v,161 pages. Foreward by Joseph A. Sullivan. Illustrations by Victor R. Anderson. Designed by Ben Kennedy. Language: English. Weight: 19.5 ounces. California Centennial Edition. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

$44.10

Santa Barbara Secrets and Sidetrips: A Guide to the Lesser Known Attractions and the Inns of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

By Laurie MacMillan .

San Luis Obispo, CA EZ Nature Books, 1991. Paperback First Edition [1991], unstated. First Edition [1991], unstated. Copyright is stated as 1991. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of very careful use: just a touch of wear to the upper outside edge and corner tip of the front panel; else only very mild rubbing to the wrapper covers; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, plates, or labels. Not quite pristine, but remains very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches). 128 pages. Weight: 6.7 ounces. Trade Paperback.

$9.41

Earth Horizon: An Autobiography.

By Mary Hunter Austin.

Albuquerque, NM Univ Of New Mexico Press, 1991. Paperback Reprint Edition [1991]; first published in 1932. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the faintest sunning at the back strip, though the titles thereon remain bold and clearly legible. A former bookseller's rubber-stamped logo at the upper corner of the front free end paper; else flawless. The binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo.(8.5 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches). ix, 402 pages. Afterward by Melody Graulich. Cover illustration by Barbara Whitehead. Reprint Edition [1991]; first published in 1932. University Press Paperback. This book sets forth a woman's life at about the turn of the last century. It gives some fascinating insights into early feminism and the struggles of the suffragettes. She tells her story simply, in limpid, unadorned prose. Provides a glimpse into the lives of the early Californians and the landscape as it appeared a hundred years ago. This book discusses, in very personal terms, faith, motherhood, marriage, careers, family, and wonder of nature. I highly recommend it.

$19.60

The History of the Soquel Creek Water District 1961-1988.

By Sandy Lydon.

Soquel, CA Soquel Creek Water District, 1989. Paperback First Edition [1989], so stated. First Edition [1989], so stated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of toning and smudging to the rear panel of the wrapper covers; else flawless. The binding is perfectly secure; the text is clean. Very close to 'As New'. 8vo. iv, 46 pages. Paperback: Staple-bound Wraps.

$24.50

A Guide to the Mother Lode Country (A Special Number of "Yosemite Nature Notes").

By C. Frank Brockman.

Yosemite, CA The Mariposa County Historical Society, 1948. Paperback First Edition [1948], unstated. Good+ in Wraps: Shows light wear to extremities; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers; price sticker at front panel; binding secure; text clean. Despite some minor flaws, as noted, remains quite presentable. 8vo. 49pp. Bibliograpy. Map at rear face drawn by Katherine J. Parker. The Monthly Publication of the Yosemite Naturalist Dept. & the Yosemite Natural History Assoc, Vol XXVII, No. 1, January. First Edition [1948], unstated. Staple-bound pamphlet. Paperback:

$6.47

From the Desk of Truckee's C.F. McGlashan: His Letters to Eliza Donner Houghton, Donner Party Survivor, Investigative Report of a Massacred Wagon Train, Truckee-Tahoe Adventures and More.

By C. F. McGlashan .

Fresno, CA Truckee Donner Historical Society, 1986. Paperback First Edition [1986], so stated. First Edition [1986], so stated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use; faint crease at upper front corner; former owner's gift inscription and date at front endpaper; binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 4to. 199pp. Edited by Nona M. & Betty H. McGlashan. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps.

$24.50

Mother Lode Album.

By Otheto Weston.

Stanford, CA Stanford University Press, 1948. Hardcover First Edition [1948], unstated. Very Good: shows little wear at all, but does show slight spine lean; former owner's has inscribed name at the top of the front free endpaper and flyleaf; another owner has affixed a not unattractive bookplate at the flyleaf. The binding remains secure; the text is clean. Despite some minor flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 177pp. Endpaper Maps. Profusely illustrated with vintage period duotone photographs. First Edition [1948], unstated (in accordance with Stanford's customary practice). Hardback: Lacks DJ. Otheto Weston photographed some two hundred spots of historic importance in the California gold rush country. These b&w photos accompany a text giving a history of dozens of locations. Additional drawings decorate the margins. Title page and facing picture are decorated with gilt. This was published in conjunction with the California Centennial.

$14.70

Pioneers in Petticoats: Yosemite's Early Women 1856-1900.

By Shirley Sargent.

Yosemite, CA Flying Spur Press, 1992. Paperback Seventh Edition. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: light wear to extremities; some creasing near the upper front corner and along the outside edge of the front panel; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers; binding secure; text clean. No longer 'As New', but remains clean, sturdy, presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 80pp. Introduction by Francis Farquhar. Book Design by Hank Johnston. Seventh Edition. Paperback: Staple-bound Wraps.

$4.70

The Skunk Railroad: Fort Bragg to Willits [The Story of the California Western].

By Spencer Crump.

Corona de Mar, CA Trans-Anglo Books, 1978. Paperback Fifth Edition, Revised. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; mildest rubbing. Binding secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 64pp. Profusely illustrated with vintage photographs in Black & White. Fifth Edition, Revised. Paperback: Staple-bound Wraps.

$5.29

Mother Lode Narratives: The Mariposa Grant Stories.

By Jessie Benton Fremont.

Mariposa Heritage Press, 1996. Paperback Second Edition. Edited and Annotated by Shirely Sargent. First Published in 1970 in a Limited Edition of 650 copies by Lewis Osborne. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps. Collection of stories by American writer and political activitist Jessie Ann Benton Frémont (1824 - 1902), wife of John Charles Frémont (1813 - 1890). Collection of short stories dealing with her years living in California on the Las Mariposas Grant. Mother Lode Narratives was published 1970 in a limited editon by Lewis Osborne. Since that publication, permission to read/reproduce Jessie Benton Fremont's "correspondence with Elizabeth Blair Lee, and her father Francis Preston Blair" held at Princeton Univ was granted to historian Shirley Sargent by Mrs. Lee's grandson Preston Blair Lee. This 2nd Edition, in the form of annotations, is enriched with the letters' descriptions of "day to day reality" which form a marked contrast with the "more dramatic" versions written later when the family was under extreme financial distress and dependent on Jessie Fremont's publication earnings. As a consequence of her studies of the family correspondence, Shirley Sargent makes a severe indictment: "In the twenty-six years since the book's [the 1970 Edition], my regard and respect for Jessie Fremont has increased. The same cannot be said for my opinions of her husband." The narratives are: Chapter I, My. Grizzly Bear; II, Beseiged; III, The House that Jessie Built (Ms. Fremont's title was "The House that Jack Built"); IV, Sierra Neighbors; V, The Ball; VI, Lost Boy; VII, Camping Near the Giant Trees; and, VIII, The Camp on Mt. Bullion; followed by Afterword and Colophon. Illustrations include contemporary prints from the Bancroft Library at Berkeley, California.

$39.20

The Great Diamond Hoax and Other Stirring Episodes in the Life of Asbury Harpending: An Epic of Early California.

By James H. Wilkins, [Editor].

San Francisco, CA James H. Barry, 1913. Hardcover First Ed; later printing. Very Good: shows just a touch of wear to the extremities; mild rubbing; heavy soiling at the backstrip which also affects the upper hinge of the front panel; faint toning to the panels. Binding square and secure; text clean. Despite a number of minor flaws, remains tightly bound and structurally sound: sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 285pp. Illustrated with numerous vintage portrait photographs. Blue green cloth over boards with gilt lettering and decorations at both panels and backstrip. Copyright 1913, but was published later, as the frontispiece photograph lists his dedication to the reader as granted on June 20, 1915. First Ed; later printing. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. Asbury Harpending (1839–1923), an adventurer and financier in California, Mexico and New York City. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, at the age of fifteen he was sent to college but within the year he ran away to join the filibuster of General William Walker, to Nicaragua but his party was intercepted by American officials. Escaping the authorities he made his way home. His father decided to give him money and send him to California. He made his early fortune mining in California and in Mexico prior to the American Civil War. In 1861, he joined in a conspiracy to seize San Francisco and create a "Pacific Republic" in California and Oregon, but it failed due to the loyalty and precautions of Colonel (Brevet Brigadier General) Albert Sidney Johnston. Later in 1863, after traveling secretly to Richmond, Harpending obtained a letter of marque and returned to join with other California members of the Knights of the Golden Circle in San Francisco to outfit the schooner J. M. Chapman,[2] as a Confederate privateer in San Francisco Bay. Their object was to raid commerce on the Pacific coast to capture and carry gold and silver shipments back to support the Confederacy. Their attempt was detected and they were seized on the night of their intended departure by the USS Cyane, revenue officers and San Francisco police. The conspirators were tried and found guilty of treason. Asbury Harpending, and the other leaders were each sentenced to ten years in prison confined at Alcatraz. A few months later President Lincoln issued an amnesty proclamation granting full pardon to all political prisoners upon the condition that they take and keep the oath of allegiance. Harpending was given his freedom in February 1864. After the war, he was involved in mining, real estate and railroads. After he was involved in the Diamond hoax of 1872, he sold out in California and retired to Kentucky. However, after a few years, he moved to New York City and became involved in investment and speculation on Wall Street. In 1913, Harpending published his biography, The Great Diamond Hoax and Other Stirring Episodes in the Life of Asbury Harpending - An Epic of Early California. He died in 1923.

$16.27

Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party, with a Supplement and Three Accounts by Survivors.

By George R. Stewart.

Boston, MA Houghton Mifflin , 1991. Trade Paper Later Edition. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of wear to extremities; mildest rubbing; small, faint stain at the bottom edge; else flawless. Binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 392pp. Maps and Drawings in black & white. Later Edition. Trade Paperback. The tragedy of the Donner party constitutes one of the most amazing stories of the American West. In 1846 eighty-seven people -- men, women, and children -- set out for California, persuaded to attempt a new overland route. After struggling across the desert, losing many oxen, and nearly dying of thirst, they reached the very summit of the Sierras, only to be trapped by blinding snow and bitter storms. Many perished; some survived by resorting to cannibalism; all were subjected to unbearable suffering. Incorporating the diaries of the survivors and other contemporary documents, George Stewart wrote the definitive history of that ill-fated band of pioneers; an astonishing account of what human beings may endure and achieve in the final press of circumstance.

$4.70

Picturing California: A Century of Photographic Genius.

By Therese Heyman, [Editor] .

San Francisco, CA Chronicle Books, 1989. Paperback First Ed thus, but unstated. First Ed thus, but unstated. Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: shows light stratchings at front panel and Mild rubbing; binding square and secure; text clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. Oblong 8vo. 152pp. Afterword by the Editor. Introductory Essay by Bill Barich. Works by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Edward Curtis, David Hockney, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, & others. Photo checklist; Selected Bibliography; Index of Artists. Gatefold Wraps: Pictorial Paperback.

$11.76

History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra.

By C.F. McGlashan.

Truckee, CA T.C. Wohlbruck Company, 1937. Paperback Second Edition Good+ in Wraps: shows indications of moderate use; slight spine lean; light wear to extremities; dampstains bottom edge rear half of text; mild rubbing and faint soiling to wrapper covers. A clean, sturdy, presentable copy. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 8vo. 234pp. Second Edition, Illustrated with Photographs in Black & White. Paperback. THE delirium preceding death by starvation, is fuIl of strange phantasies. Visions of plenty, of comfort, of elegance, flit ever before the fast-dimming eyes. The final twilight of death is a brief semi-consciousness in which the dying one . frequently repeats his weird dreams, Half rising from his snowy couch, pointing upward, one . of the deathstricken at Donner Lake may have said, with tremulous voice Look there, just above us, is a beautiful house. It is of costliest walnut, inlaid with laurel and ebony, and is resplendent with burnished silver. Magnificent in all its apariments, it is furnished like apalacc. It is rich with costIy cushions elegant tapestries, dazzling mirrors its floor is covered with Oriental carpets, its ceiling with artistic frescoings downy cushions invite the weary to repose. It is filled with people who are chatting, laughing, and singing, joyous and care-free. There is an abundance of rvarmth and rare viands, and sparkling wines. Suspended among the storm-clouds, it is flying along the face of the precipice . at a marvelous speed. Plying no it has . ivh is and is gliding along on a smooth, ski It is sheltered from the wind and snhw by large beams and hug posts, which are bolted to the cliffs with heavy, iron rods. The avalanches, with thkir burden of earth and rocks and crushed pines, swcep harmlessly abbvk this beautiful house and its happy inmates. ,-It is drawn by neither oxen nor horses, but by a fiery, h-breathed monster, with iron limbs and thews of steel. The mountain trembles beneath his tread, and the rocks for miles re-echo his roar. If such a vision was related, it but indicates, prophetically, the progress of a few years. Californias history is repIete with tragic, startling events. These events are the Iandmarks by which its advancement is traced. One of the most mourn ful of these is recorded in this work-a work intended as a contribution, not to the literature, but to the history of the State. More thrilling than romance, more terrible than fictjon, the sufferings of the Donner Party form a bold contrast to the joys of pleasute-seekers who to-day look down upon the take from the windows of silver paIace cars. The scenes of horror and despair which transpired in the snowy Sierra in the winter of 1846-7, need no exaggeratidn, no embellishment. From all the works heretofore published, from over one thousand letters received from the survivors, from ample manuscrjpt, and from personal interviews wj th the most important actors in the tragedy, the facts have been carefully compiled. Neither time, pains, nor expense have been spared in ferreting out the truth. New and fragmentary versions of the sad story have appeared aImost every year since the unfortunate occurrence. To forever supplant these distorted and fabulous reports-which have usuaIIy been sensational newspaper articles-the survivors have deemed it wise to contribute the truth. The truth is sufficiently terrible. Where conacting accounts of particular scenes or occurrences have been contributed, every effort has been made to render them harmonious and reconcilable. With justice, with impartiality, and with strict adherence to what appeared truthful and reliable, the book has been written...

$8.62

Souvenir of the Sister Counties of Southern California: An Interesting, Impartial, Descriptive and Illustrated Review of Southern California, Embracing Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties.

Los Angeles, CA Pacific Souvenir Publishing Company. Hardcover Fair: Shows moderate wear to the extremities; the last signature has either been reglued in at the beginning of the book, before the title page, or this copy was misbound in that state; moderate rubbing and faint, but pervasive soiling to the red cloth over boards; binding has been reglued, but remains secure; text clean. A reading copy. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Oblong 8vo. Profusely illustrated in Black & White. Red cloth over boards with Black titles at the front panel. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. Vintage Photo Album format with descriptive text.

$49.00

Early Days at the Mission San Juan Bautista.

By Isaac L. Mylar.

Fresno, CA Panorama West, 1985. Paperback Reprint Edition [1985]. Very Good in Wraps: Shows faint soiling at front panel; former owner's name at the upper front face; light wear to the extremities; mild rubbing to wrapper covers; lightly sunned near outside and top edges front face; binding square and secure; text clean. Despite a number of minor flaws, remains a presentable copy with a clean text. 8vo. 204pp. Portrayal of an Historic California Town by an Early Settler. Published in cooperation with the San Juan Batista State Park Volunteer Association. Reprint Edition [1985]. Reprint of the 1929 edition. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps.

$4.70

Redding & Shasta County: Gateway to the Cascades [An Illustrated History].
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Redding & Shasta County: Gateway to the Cascades [An Illustrated History].

By John D. Lawson .

Northridge, CA Windsor Publications, 1986. Hardcover First Edition [1986], so stated. First Edition [1986], so stated. Very Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows just a hint of shelf-rubbing along the bottom edge; else flawless; binding square and secure; text clean. DJ shows only barely discernible rubbing; price unclipped. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 184pp. Decorated Endpapers. Profusely illustrated, mostly in Black & White. Produced in Cooperation with the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce. Picture Research by Tom Dunlap. Partners in Progress by Richard Kelly. Hardback with DJ.

$14.70

The Bench And The Bar: The Centennial View of Orange County's Legal History.
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The Bench And The Bar: The Centennial View of Orange County's Legal History.

By Pamela Hallan-Gibson.

Chatsworth, CA Windsor Publications, Inc. , 1989. Hardcover First Ed, so stated. First Ed, so stated. Near Fine in Very Near Fine DJ: Both book and DJ show only minute indications of use. Book shows a couple of small faint soil spots to front panel; barely discernible indications of shelving along bottom edge; binding square and remains perfectly secure; text clean. DJ shows a faint wrinkle at top rear hinge; else flawless; price unclipped; mylar-protected. Overall, very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club Edition. NOT an Ex-Library copy. 4to. 144pp. Hardback with DJ.

$12.35

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